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McCausland to lead State Agricultural Heritage Museum


Brookings S.D. (KELO AM) - The South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum has named Gwen McCausland as its new director. She will start May 22.

McCausland has spent the past 12 years working in nonprofit organizations in museums, education, libraries and theater, including the past two years as the marketing coordinator and exhibit designer for the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County in Moorhead, Minn. She also served four years as the curator of collections for the Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso Downs, N.M."What impresses me most about Ms. McCausland is her extensive preparation for this role. She has just the right combination of degrees, experience, and career background to lead our wonderful museum into the future," said Barry Dunn, dean of South Dakota State University's College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences and director of SDSU Extension.She received her bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University and added a master's degree from Cardiff University in Cardiff, Wales.The South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum displays the important role of agriculture in South Dakota's past, present and future. Its exhibits include tractors and farm equipment, an original 1882 homestead claim shack and a recreated 1915 farmhouse. Abundant historic photographs enhance the understanding of South Dakota's rural qualities. The museum offers a variety of programs including book signings, exhibit openings, and lecture series.

Group tours are available but require reservations. Special members events are scheduled throughout the year. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.